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Spotted this creepy looking spider while venturing out in the backyard during the dark of night. Needless to say, it was rather eye-catching.
A celebration 300 million years in the making happened on Wednesday: National Fossil Day was October 13. The National Park Service says on its website that “National Fossil Day is an annual celebration held to highlight the scientific and educational value of paleontology and the importance of...
Why did the white-tailed deer cross the road? Obviously, to get to the other side. Well, that was how it seemed last Friday morning in metropolitan Alto Pass.
If nothing else, Rocky is persistent. He paid another visit to our front porch last Sunday night. Well, I think our visitor was Rocky. We still have not been formally introduced. Meanwhile... Once again this week, we’ll make note of how well the Cardinals have been playing, which might be a bit of...
Rocky, the Raccoon, paid us a couple of night time visits last week. Or, should I say Rocky the Trash Panda?
For this week, one thing led to another...and another...and another...and then another... The column kind of started one night last week, when Rocky, the Raccoon, paid another visit to our front porch. And, I’ll have to be honest with you, Rocky was pretty brazen about the whole thing. Rocky...
Sunlight reflects off a dragonfly...
The Other Half and yours truly had a chance to go on our latest pandemic date over the weekend. We’ll come back to that in just a bit... Yes, there are a lot of photographs this week. They were shot on a bright, sunny and warm late summer afternoon...the first Thursday in September, to be a bit...
Sometimes you feel like a nut... This bushy-tailed critter was having a good ol’ time gnawing away on what looked to be a walnut one evening last week.
Did you know that there was a grand champion snack stick honored at this year’s Illinois State Fair in Springfield?  I didn’t either. But there was. Along with a grand champion mild cheddar cheese, a grand champion aged cheddar cheese, a grand champion Belgian chocolate premium ice cream, a grand...
I’m pretty sure this vulture was giving the photographer the stink eye, especially since the critter was having something pretty stinky for Sunday dinner.
Just about the time it seemed like we might...just might...be getting ready to move on to the next, more upbeat chapter in the pandemic story...well...you know...  Guess that means The Other Half and yours truly will get to go on some more pandemic dates. Before we ponder such things, I wanted to...
The moon was rising over a tree line in your writer’s hometown on the evening of June 22. As is often the case, a picture really does not do justice to the actual image which was unfolding.
A couple of stops last week on the Journey Through Life involved some bad timing on your writer’s part. Before we ponder a couple of faux pas, let’s shine some light on the last super moon of 2021. I heard on television that the last super moon of the year made an appearance in the night sky last...
My...what big teeth you have, Mr. Groundhog...wait...what...you say it’s Mr. Woodchuck...beg your pardon.
We’ll start this week with purple potatoes and purple cupcakes. Had ‘em both for dinner last Sunday. Purple potatoes taste kind of like grapes...no...not really...they actually taste like purple crayons...just kidding folks...but the potatoes were purple... The Other Half grew the purple potatoes...
This creature does not have feathers...at least not at this point in the evolutionary process.  And, as far as could be determined, it cannot fly. We'll give it a few million years and see what might happen. Folks said that pigs couldn't fly either...
Lately, it seems like there been a lot of news about unidentified flying objects. You know. UFOs. Perhaps you have seen your very own UFO. I have not. Unless you count flying objects with feathers. UFOFs. Unidentified flying objects with feathers. Take, for example, the Mississippi kite, a bird...
Now that we can travel again, book a trip to Stinson Memorial Library on Saturday. Read on to find out why...
First things first, ‘cause the usual last thing originally wasn’t going to be last this week. We’re talking about this little gem of a distraction you are reading. “Normally,” this column and other accompanying words of wisdom would appear on the back page of the paper. Of course, who can say what...

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